A Kind of Dream: Stories


by: Cherry, Kelly
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description Life is A Kind of Dream. So is the art we make in response to life. In A Kind of Dream, five generations of an artistic family explore the ups and downs of life, discovering that for an artist even failure is success, because the work matters more than the self.             The selves in this book include Nina, a writer, and her husband, Palmer, a historian, who, having settled into marriage and family life, are now faced with the bittersweetness of late life; BB and Roy, who make a movie in Mongolia; Tavy, Nina’s adopted daughter, a painter in her twenties who meets her birth mother for the first time; and Tavy’s young daughter, Callie, a budding violinist. Other vivid characters confront the awful fact of violence in America; try to cope with political ineptitude; and one devises his own code of sexual morality. Perhaps the most important character is Nina's dog, a salt-and-pepper cairn terrier of uncommon wisdom.             Fame, death, rash self-destruction, laughter, the excitement of making good art, love, marriage, being a mother, being a father, the appreciation of beauty, and always life—life itself, life in all its shapes and guises—it’s all here.             A Kind of Dream is the culminating book in a trilogy Kelly Cherry began with My Life and Dr. Joyce Brothers and The Society of Friends. Each book stands alone, but together they take us on a Dantean journey from midlife to Paradise. Cherry’s prose is hallmarked by lyric grace, sly wit, the energy of her intelligence, and profound compassion for and understanding of her characters. Set in Madison, Wisconsin, A Kind of Dream reveals a surprisingly wide view of the world and the authority of someone who has mastered her art. It is a book to experience and to reflect upon. Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the Public Library Reviewers From Booklist The family starts with a boy and a girl from the South who each discover the beauty of violins as children. As adults they marry, and the chapters in this collection tell the stories of their children and grandchildren. One daughter is a novelist who is surprised late in life with a husband and child. One grandchild gives birth at 14, leaving the daughter with an aunt and running off to California with the father, where they become a famous actor and director. One son dies of alcoholism. A great-grandchild becomes a single mother in her late teens but keeps her daughter and finds a way to both make art and support her child. Kelly Cherry follows the characters’ thoughts as they reflect on their circumstances and choices. Although the collection is somewhat uneven, fans of domestic fiction may enjoy this short volume. And the final chapter, which follows the thoughts of the novelist, Nina, as she lay dying of pancreatic cancer with her family and friends keeping watch, is quite beautiful and moving. --Lynn Weber Review “Kelly Cherry has a charged intellect that enlivens whatever it lights on. In A Kind of Dream she achieves a moment of transcendence that is rare in American fiction. I have a suspicion it may be a great book.”?David R. Slavitt, author of The Duke’s Man “ A Kind of Dream’s interlinked stories are about five generations of a family whose members are musicians, painters, writers, and actors. Cherry shows us ourselves and our world in surprising and beautiful ways.”?Dwight Allen, author of The Green Suit “A brilliant conclusion to a major extended work of imagination, Kelly Cherry’s A Kind of Dream is a great novel on its own but it is also part of the personal masterpiece of an important American writer. Kelly Cherry’s vision is universal and will endure.”?Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain “When read as a collection of narratives that the character, Nina, has conjured, A Kind of Dream becomes a ric


Product Code: 9780299297602
ISBN: 0299297608
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 2014-05-01
Number of Pages: 176 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 1
Dimension: 5.71 x 0.91 x 8.31 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds